The president ramped up his attack on his rival, whom he has mocked on Twitter before, following the completion of the Mueller report.
Trump accused Schiff, who regularly went after Trump throughout the
‘Congressman Adam Schiff, who spent two years knowingly and unlawfully lying and leaking, should be forced to resign from Congress!’ Trump wrote Thursday morning as he fired off a barrage of tweets.
President Donald Trump said Thursday that House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff should be ‘forced’ to resign from office
Schiff, however, doubled down on his litany of earlier comments. He told CNN Thursday morning: ‘There is ample evidence of collusion in plain sight.’
Trump also went after Schiff in a 45-minute call in interview on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night.
‘He should be forced out of office,’ Trump told the host. ‘He is a disgrace to our country.’
‘In one way you could say it’s a crime what he did, because … he was making horrible statements that he knew were false.’
Trump continued: ‘He would go on, night after night, talking about collusion — the collusion delusion,’ Trump said.
The president accused Schiff of ‘lying and leaking’
Schiff was among the Trump camp’s first targets following the completion of the Mueller report and the attorney general’s four-page summary stating the report did not uncover evidence of Trump officials coordinating or conspiring with the Russian government to interfere in the elections.
On Sunday, the Trump campaign wrote TV bookers, singling out Schiff as among those who should be shunned on air.
The campaign flagged a Schiff comment that there was evidence of collusion or conspiracy ‘in plain sight.’ It was among many times the California lawmakers highlighted Trump campaign connections with Russians.
Trump’s said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif. should be forced to resign from Congress
Trump complained to Fox News host Sean Hannity about Schiff, saying: ‘In one way you could say it’s a crime what he did’
Schiff has been among Trump’s toughest critics in Congress. After gaining the gavel of his committee, and as the Mueller probe appeared to wind down, Schiff launched his own probe. It deals not just with Russia, but with other Trump related contacts with overseas entities – crossing the ‘red line’ of Trump business interests that Trump had warned Mueller not to tread.
Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., mocked the lawmaekrs as ‘Adam #fullofSchiff’ on Sunday.
Schiff tweeted Sunday after the release Attorney General William Barr’s letter: ‘Mueller did not find sufficient evidence to establish conspiracy, notwithstanding Russian offers to help Trump’s campaign, their acceptance, and a litany of concealed interactions with Russia. I trust Mueller’s prosecutorial judgement, but the country must see the evidence.’
Trump once referred to Schiff online as ‘little Adam Schitt (D-CA).’
In addition to his focus on Russia, Schiff recently called for investigating former Orchids of Asia Day Spa owner Li Yang and any illegal influence operation trying to sell access to Trump.
Schiff defended himself against critics in his CNN appearance. ‘Because what I’ve been saying now for over a year is two things. One, there’s ample evidence of collusion in plain sight, and that is true. And second, that is not the same thing as whether Bob Mueller will be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt the crime of conspiracy. There’s a difference between there being evidence of collusion and proof beyond a reasonable doubt of a crime and I distinguish between the two probably dozens of times,’ Schiff said.
Schiff referenced the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russians.
‘We know that the Russians through an intermediary offered dirt on Hillary Clinton as part of what was described as the Russian government effort to help Donald Trump. They offered that to Don Jr. and his response was not to call the FBI and say, this is what I was approached with, it was not to say, no way, under no circumstances. It was to say, I would love it.’
The meeting also included Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort an son-in-law Jared Kushner.
‘And then, of course, they conceal it and they lie about it. And in fact, the president himself may have been involved in a drafting of a false statement covering up that meeting. All of that is evidence of collusion,’ said Schiff.